That a test is won by a world champion is a pride and a prestigious injection for any sporting event. That happened yesterday in the Half Challenge Barcelona-Maresme in the figure of the French Sylvian Sudrie.
The 2010 long distance world champion gave a recital at the Barcelona coast event and became the first triathlete to repeat the victory at the Maresme event.
While the Spanish Ledesma In the female category she based her triumph on sacrifice, Sudrie brought out her tremendous class and her ease of reading the races. The Frenchman set a clear strategy from the beginning, did not move an inch from it and achieved a spectacular return. He wanted to be among the top three in swimming to be the first to take the bike. The first lap (45 kilometers) was an exhibition of the Frenchman, who emptied himself to achieve a difference that allowed him to dose on the second lap and start in the race sector on foot with a full tank and a comfortable difference.
The final half marathon, therefore, became a show of power and containment. Sudrie imposed a linear rhythm, without ups and downs while his pursuers suffered to priest the maximum after an exhausting cycling sector. Sudrie did not force any more, he kept a stable rhythm to keep the differences and neither Faure nor Jensen saw how the world champion established the diesel law with authority, that is, go at a constant rate, without wearing out too much and controlling the rent. Faure pushed hard and managed to subtract two minutes but it was a futile exercise given the superiority of Sudrie. “I have planned the race to get out of the top four of the water and shoot hard on the first lap of cycling (45 km). Things have turned out as I wanted and I was able to control the difference with my rivals in the half marathon. I am proud to win this race for the second consecutive year, ”said Sudrie at the finish.
Among the Spanish the first was Clemente Alonso, who was in sixth position. The best of ours did not have good feelings and suffered more than usual since he has not yet acquired the rhythm of competition he wants. For Clemente it was a first contact with a demanding competition and he was unable to express his full potential. “I have not been well in cycling, I still lack rhythm as it is my first race of the year and I hope to go a little better every day. Those in front have shot a lot and today it was not at that level. I am not 100% and if you add to this the high level that the race had, it is normal that it could only have been in a 6th position since it has known little to me. I hope to find myself better in Zarautz which will be my next race ”, he assured.
Peru Alfaro, second of the Spaniards in the goal, did not find good feelings either. “I have not found anything good on the bike and I have suffered more than normal. These have continued in the race on foot and it has been impossible for me to enter the fight for the podium. Sudrie has given a great exhibition in the first round of cycling and has practically sentenced the test, ”said an exhausted Alfaro at the finish.
In summary, the III edition of the Half Challenge Barcelona-Maresme once again fulfilled what is expected of an international benchmark in the triathlon world. The organization bordered at high altitude and the competitive level was spectacular on a day marked by good weather and high, a powerful participation in a city that bets on sport, and specifically on triathlon. The Catalan test improves year after year and almost all of the small failures that occurred in previous editions have been filed and that under the baton of its race director Agustí Pérez have struggled to solve with more volunteers, more safety in the race , better services and high expectations for the Long Distance Challenge on October 2.
Source: Press Challenge Barcelona Maresme
1 Sylvain Sudrie FRA 3: 47: 39
2 Herve Faure FRA a1: 4
3 Martin Jensen DEN to 2: 13
4 Stephen Bayliss GBR to 3: 17
5 Stephane Poulat FRA to 4: 18
6 Clemente Alonso ESP to 4: 56
7 Peru Alfaro ESP to 5: 22